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Shakespeare's Globe, London

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Discover the plays of the Bard of Avon the way they were meant to be seen, at Shakespeare's Globe. an authentic reproduction of the open-air theater once established by the playwright's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men. The modern playhouse sits roughly 230 m (750 ft) from the site of the original. Between performances, take a guided tour of the theater, and browse exhibitions highlighting Shakespeare and theater in the 16th and 17th centuries. If watching a play while exposed to the elements doesn't appeal, the adjoining Jacobean theater recreates the style of indoor playhouse for which Shakespeare also wrote. To visit Shakespeare's Globe and get the most from your holiday in London, create itinerary details personal to you using our London itinerary builder.
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  • Our guide was funny and knowledge. We learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the globe. Well worth a visit. The gift shop is also great with a lot of very reasonably priced quirky gifts tha...  more »
  • Place to be for that ever so slightly interested in literature and English culture. So visit after lunch on the go in the string EAT where you can find a variety of sandwiches, cookies and drinks relatively good and cheap. A rehearsal was in court, but a lovely Granny English us to see the place, and this despite a barrier so the location is superb and you distills full of emotions. So if a piece is played, go ahead and nothing that the place will transport you in the past.
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  • this theatre is a very different experience! its fun because theres a lot of history behind it and the shows are fantastic.  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing venue seeped in history. I have always wanted to visit as I am a huge Shakespeare fan so in the last year I have been 4 times to see shows. The pit you can get tickets at a cost effective price but it is worth noting that these are standing tickets so bear that in mind with shows being long. Personally it does not bother me standing when I am watching such amazing talent on stage and think of all the brilliant actors who have played roles in this iconic venue.
  • Put this on your agenda to see a play here. It's constructed in the original style of a public theater back in the days. The production quality is excellent. The downstairs is standing room only where one can lean on the stage to gaze up at the actors. The stadium seats in the upper house are TIGHT. Be prepared to sit shoulder to shoulder to your neighbors. You can get drinks and snacks at the bar, and bring It to your seat during the play.
  • I have accompanied classes to watch 2 different plays at the Globe. Both times I thoroughly disliked it. The music in there is amplified but the actors do not have their voices amplified. The moment they turn or move away you stop hearing them. Most of them speak too fast and with little concern for their diction. It's as if they don't care whether we understand them or not. The vast majority of the people I speak to understand very little of the play. They just say they like the experience. If I go to a play, I want to hear it properly so I can understand it. The actors should have been a lot better - it's the showroom of Shakespeare. We expected better. Also, three hours standing, with cold and rain - it's London - makes for a miserable time if you ask me. I enjoyed the experience of accompanying my students to something which wasn't part of my subject. But the theatre? It sucks!
  • This place isn't simply a tribute to a foremost classic where theatre plays are held. It is a place where ground breaking performances are hosted. I went and saw Merchant of Venice and it was one of the best plays I've seen, from the acting to the atmosphere and from the venue to the staff and surroundings it makes for an unforgettable day in London's southbank. I CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH! Do not miss!
  • Been here twice now, and both times were great! The quality of the performances was brilliant! The building itself is a replica of the original theater. Be prepared for cramped wooden benches, so hiring a cushion might be a good idea. Also, the theater itself doesn't have a roof (although the seated areas are covered), so it can be a bit cold or damp. But these small imperfections pale in regards to the fun and pleasure received from the performances of the actors. Whenever you visit London, go visit! I know I will!